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Mr. Jackson offered the following:

SPRINGFIELD, January 15, 1873. To the Honorable House of Representatives of State of Illinois :

The undersigned hereby proposes to sufficiently heat the hall of the House of Representatives, and the offices of the Secretary of State, including all the rooms on the west side of the State House, for the sum of six dollars per 24 hours, including fuel and services, and free of all other expense to the State.

DAVID DOE. Resolved, That the above proposition of David Doe, to sufficiently heat the hall of the House of Representatives and the office of Secretary of State, including all the rooms on the west side of the State House, for the sum of six dollars per 24 hours, including fuel and labor, and free of all other expenso to the State, be and the same is hereby accepted; and he, the said David Doe, be and he is hereby au. thorized to take cbarge of the same.

Which was referred to the committee on contingent expenses. Mr. Johnston offered the following: Resolved, That the committee on contingent expenses be and are hereby directed to make such arrangements and take such measures as may be necessary and proper to prevent, as far as may be possible, the noise consequent upon the opening and closing the doors to this ball.

Which was referred to the committee on contingent expenses.

The Speaker announced the following appointments, in pursuance of the authority conferred upon him:

James K. Magie, Reading Clerk; Alex. Masters, Thos. Handy, John 0. Piper, Fred. C. Kitch, Policemen of the House; Harry Fitzhugh, John T. Holdener, Charlie Dorwin, Eddie S. Potter, Martin Power, Henry Tupper, Willie Henry, Hoyt Shaw, Fredie Smith and W. L. Ormsby, as Pages of the House.

On motion of Mr. Hollenback,
At 11:30 A. M., the House adjourned to 2:30 P. M.

TWO-THIRTY O'CLOCK P. M.

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Mr. Armstrong of Grundy offered the following: WHEREAS there are no copies of the compilation of the Statute Laws of the State of Illinois, except of 1871-2, in the State library, or elsewhere, belonging to the State, or under its control ; and whereas the Statute Laws of this State, passed prior to the adoption of the constitution of 1870, require amendments and alterations to conform with the restrictions and requirements of the constitution ; and whereas it would be a "violent presumption to presume that the chairmen of the several standing committees of the Twenty-eighth General Assembly were living encyclopædias of statutory law, and therefore able to compare proposed bills for amendments with the original statutes from memory; therefore,

Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Illinois, the Senate concurring herein, That the Secretary of State be directed to procure a sufficient number of copies of the latest compilation of the Statute Laws of the State of Illinois, prior to the adoption of the new constitution, and deliver one copy each to the chairmen of the several standing committees of the two houses, taking a receipt therefor, and that at the close of this session, said several copies of said compilation be returned to the State library, and that upon the return thereof, the receipt of the said chairman so returning his copy of said statutes be delivered up, and not otherwise ; and that in case either of the chairmen to whom a copy of said statutes shall be delivered, shall fail to return the same as aforesaid, the cost thereof shall be deducted from his per diem on final settlement.

Which was referred to the committee on contingent expenses. Mr. Leitz, at 2:35 P. M., moved to adjourn ; which was not agreed to. Mr. Shumway offered the following: WHEREAS an emergency exists requiring immediate action upon House bill, No. 26, entitled "An act to amend the revenue law :" therefore, be it

Resolved, That House bill, No. 26, entitled "An act to amend the revenue law," be recalled from the committee on revenue, and referred to a select committee; said select committee to be requested to report said House bill No. 26 back to the House during its to-morrow morning session.

On motion of Mr. Ray,
The resolution was laid on the table.

Mr. Neville offered the following: Resolved, That the committee on river improvement and canals be and are hereby requested to draw op a memorial to Congress, asking an appropriation to dike and otherwise improve the Ohio and Mississippi rivers above the mouth of the Ohio.

Which was not agreed to. Mr. Swan offered the following: Resolved, That the Doorkeeper be authorized to employ a competent mechanic to examine the sup. ports of the gallery of the House, with a view to strengthening them, if necessary; and that the Door. koeper report to the House if any extra supports be necessary. Which was referred to the committee on contingent expenses.

On motion of Mr. Anderson,
At 2:45 P. M., the House adjourned.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 1873.

The House met, pursuant to adjournment.
Prayer by Rev. Mr. Barrows.
The Clerk proceeded to read the journal of yesterday, when,

On motion of Mr. Barkley,
The further reading of the same was dispensed with.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Paddock.

Mr. Speaker: I ain directed to inform the House of Representatives that the Senate has adopted the following resolution, to-wit:

Resolved by the Senate, the House concurring, That the joint rules of the Senate and House of the last session be the joint rules of the Senate and souse of the present session.

In the adoption of which I am instructed to ask the concurrence of the House of Representatives.

Mr. Hay, from the committee on revenue, reported back House bill, No. 6, for "An act to amend section one hundred and sixty-nine (169) of an act entitled “an act for the assessment of property, and for the levy of taxes,' in force July 1, 1872," and House bill, No. 35, for “An'act to amend section one hundred and sixty-nine (169) of an act entitled 'an act for the assessment of property, and for the levy of taxes, in force July 1, 1872,” with the recommendation that they lay on the table, and presented as a substitute for the same, House bill, No. 72, for "An act extending the time for the collection of the taxes on the assessment for the year A.D. 1872, and delinquent and omitted taxes of former years."

Which was read a first time, and ordered printed.
A message from the Governor, by his Private Secretary.

Mr. Speaker: I am directed by the Governor to lay before the House of Representatives the eighth annual report of the Illinois Institution for the Education of Feeble-minded Children, located at Jacksonville.

Mr. Carpenter, from the committee on rules, submitted the following resolution : Resolved, That no persons, other than members and officers of this House, members and officers of

Senate, the Governor and State officers and their secretaries, the judges of the Supreme court. ex. mbers of the House and Senate, members of Congress and members of Congress elect, ex-members

the last Constitutional Convention of this State, and the reporters of the press, shall be entitled to remain upon the floor of this House without special permission.

Mr. Jackson moved to amend the resolution so as to include parties introduced by members; which was not agreed to.

Mr. Orendorff moved to amend the resolution, by inserting “ex-State officers;" which was agreed to.

The resolution, as amended, was then adopted.

Mr. Johnston, from the committer on Governor's message, submitted the following report:

The committee to whom was referred the Governor's message, to make assignments of the subjects thereof to proper committees, beg leave to make the following report:

They have had said message under consideration, and respectfully recommend that the various subjects of said message be referred as follows:

1st. That so much of said message as refers to changes of the laws relating to criminal jurisprudence, change of venue, the death penalty, continuances in criminal cases, competency of witnesses, the grand jury system, and the “revision," so far as the same has become law, be referred to the committee on judiciary.

2d. That so much thereof as relates to railroads, to the committee on railroads.

3d. That so much thereof as relates to the penitentiary and reform school, and industrial prison reform, to the committee on penitentiary.

4th. That so inuch thereof as relates to the inebriate hospital and State charitable institutions, to the committee on public charities.

5th. That so much thereof as nefers to judicial circuits, under the 13th section of the 6th article of the constitution, to the committee on judicial department.

6th. That so much thereof as relates to the reports of Auditor and Treasurer of State, and to finance, to the cominittee on finance.

7th. That so much thereof as refers to the report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and to education, to the committee on education.

8th. That so much thereof as refers to the report of the Secretary of State, to the executive committee.

9th. That so much thereof as refers to the new State House, to the committee on public buildings and grounds.

10th. That so much thereof as relates to appropriations, to the committee an appropriations.

11th. And that all the other subjects of said message be referred to the committee on federal relations.

EDWIN H. JOHNSTON, Ch'm.,
MILTON HAY,
MATTHEW J. INSCORE,
ARCHIBALD E. STEWART,
NEWTON B. CASEY,
IRA M. MOORE,
JAMES R. LOOMIS,

'Committee

. Mr. Jones, from the committee on contingent expenses, submitted the following reports; which were adopted : TO THE HON. SHELBY M. CULLOM,

Speaker of the House of Representatives : The committee on contingent expenses would beg leave to respectfully report, that the resolution authorizing the postmaster of this House be authorized to appoint an additional assistant to carry the mail, would report in favor of the adoption of the resolution.

A. M. JONES, Ch'm.

TO THE HON. SHELBY M. CULLOM,

Speaker of the House of Representatives : The committee on contingent expenses, to whom was referred the resolution authorizing the doorkeeper of this House to hire janitors, etc., would beg leave to respectfully report that the resolution be amended, by substituting the word “Speaker” for “doorkeeper,” and that the resolution read as follows:

Resolved, That the Speaker of this House be authorized to procure the services of three suitable persons, as janitors, to assist in keeping the House clean and in order." And that the above resolution be adopted, as amended.

A. M. JONES,

Ch'm. Contingent Expenses. The message from the Senate, in relation to the joint rules of the Senate and House, was taken up, and,

On motion of Mr. Johnston, The resolution einbodied therein was referred to the committee on rules.

Introduction of bills being in order,

Mr. Alexander of Montgomery introduced House bill, No. 73, for “An act for the punishment of criminals who may hereafter escape justice under the plea of insanity.”

Which was referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Cronkrite introduced House bill, No. 74, for "An act for the more convenient cancellation of deeds and mortgages."

Which was referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Cronkrite introduced House bill, No. 75, for “An act to amend article one, for the incorporation of cities and villages."

Which was referred to the committee on municipal affairs.

Mr. Granger introduced House bill, No. 76, for “An act to amend an act entitled 'fees and salaries,' approved April 9, 1872."

Which was referred to the committee on fees and salaries.

Mr. Harvey introduced House bill, No. 77, for “An act to fix the day for holding annual town meetings.”

Which was referred to the committee on township organization.

Mr. Pollock introduced House bill, No. 78, for “An act to amend an act entitled 'an act concerning jurors,' approved April 10, 1872."

Which was referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Quinn introduced House bill, No. 79, for “An act to amend an act entitled 'an act concerning conveyances,' approved March 9, 1872."

Which was referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Rountree introduced House bill, No. 80, for "An act authorizing circuit judges to hold branch or branches of courts in other than their judicial districts, and to provide for the payment for their services for so doing."

Which was referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Shumway introduced Senate bill, No. 81, for “An act to exempt the homestead from forced sale, and to provide for setting off the same, and to exempt certain personal property from attachment and sale on executions and distress for rent.”

Which was referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Thornton introduced House bill, No. 82, for “An act to amend section twenty-eight of an act entitled 'an act concerning conveyances, in force July 1, 1872."

Which was referred to the committee on judiciary.

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